World Contest, Australia - OSTIV Technical Sessions 2017 January 8-13
The 33rd Congress of the International Scientific and Technical Organisation for Soaring Flight – OSTIV - will be held at the site of the 34rd FAI World Gliding Championships in the Open-, 18m-and 15m Class, Benalla, Australia from 8-13 January, 2017. The Congress addresses all scientific and technical aspects of soaring flight including motorgliding, hang-gliding, paragliding, ultralight sailplanes and aeromodelling. Presentations will be organised in sessions covering the fields of meteorology, sailplane design and technology, and training and safety. Possible contributors to the Congress should consult http://ostiv.org/congress/xxxiii-congress-2017.html before sending an abstract of their intended presentation. The Congress will also feature internationally...
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OSTIV Training and Safety Panel Introduction
“The Organisation Scientifique et Technique Internationale de Vol à Voile (OSTIV) is the international organization for scientific exchange in the world gliding community.” There are three separate panels within the umbrella of OSTIV:1) the Meteorological Panel (MP);2) the Sailplane Development Panel (SDP); and3) the Training and Safety Panel (TSP) Currently SAC is involved in the TSP, with Ian Oldaker as our representative. At present, we are not involved in the other two panels. “The TSP collects and discusses safety records from member countries, compares training methods and successes, and develops strategies for mitigating risks through safety and training initiatives.” You can read more...
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Flarm Firmware Updates
A mandatory scheduled firmware update is soon the be made available to all FLARM devices. The new firmware will have version 6.00.The update is required for all Classic FLARM devices, all 3rd party FLARM devices (as manufactured by e.g. Ediatec, Flytec/Bräuniger, LX, Garrecht/AirAvionics and OzFlarm), and all PowerFLARM devices. The update will be released for free by end of February 2015 on this website. The update includes safety features that will increase the effectiveness and robustness of collision warnings and simultaneously decrease nuisance warnings. The update also includes new features to warn about temporary danger areas (sky diver drop zones, RC...
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PowerFLARM podcast
Soaring Cafe had a link to a podcast about FLARM that I found very interesting. The link is http://omegataupodcast.net/2014/03/143- ... ith-flarm/ and runs a little over an hour. It describes the development of FLARM, and the development of PowerFLARM. It is worth listening to if you are curious about anti-collision warning. Since the podcast is intended for people who don't know FLARM, it starts with the basics and builds from there. Recommended.
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PowerFLARM videos
Two videos, using IGC files of a collision and a near-collision, showing what the cockpit indications would have been had FLARM been fitted. The ground truth tracks are on a screen behind the FLARM displays. Imagine you are in one of the aircraft, look at the indications of where the other aircraft is, and see how close the indications are.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCZQL5PoHbghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4P7WOmumocDan Daly
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LED anti-collision lights - SSA Convention
For see and be seen, this will help. A strip of LEDs is on the vertical stabilizer - in this case, a Silent Electro. They can be set either continuous, or to activate on FLARM alert. I've tried uploading a short iphone video in .mov and .mp4 format, but apparently that's not allowed; here is a youtube link: http://youtu.be/LDQnBjUTefY. If I were buying a new glider, I'd seriously consider getting this built in. I understand Schleicher offers this as an option.
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Child Restraint Systems /Ensembles de retenue d’enfant
Subject: CAR 600 Series - General Operating and Flight Rules / Série RAC Série 600 - Règles générales d'utilisation et de vol des aéronefsTransport Canada / Transports Canada Civil Aviation / Aviation Civile Online Reference Centre / Centre de référence en ligne Recently Issued Documents/ Documents récemment publiés ** Le texte français suit l'anglais . ** The following documents have recently been posted to the Transport Canada Civil Aviation website:
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Annual Safety Reports due
Hello. I am working on the annual safety report for the SAC AGM in Calgary. I request that club boards ask their safety designates to forward their annual incident/accident reports to allow me to do this. A format is available in the Document Vault under 'Safety and Training'. I would like to publicly thank the following clubs, who have already submitted their reports (in the order received):
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